Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio designed a single-family house in Kamakura City, which is considered as a continuous space with the context and is supported by a treelike structure.
The site is located in Kamakura, one of the ancient city of Japan. Y house is a house for a couple and their three children. The surrounding is characterized by gabled roof low rise houses built in high density with lush greenery, narrow street with hedge and clayey wall. Y house is considered as a continuous space with this ambient context supported by a treelike structure.
The diagonal columns are tied together at the bottom and reach the roof grid frame at their top. On the ground floor, these columns appear as trunks of trees making the space open and one continuum with the garden. In contrast, on the first floor, they become dispersed and one may feel to be surrounded by branches of trees. Daily goods inserted and stored in-between these columns, act as leaves of tree, and will gradually define the personal space for each family member.
Architects consider Y house as a case study, an application of more general system that spread columns and their density defining the space. However, in contrast to modern architecture models that is more universal in all direction, this system is pursuing an architecture that blend and respond to ambient context, or gravity.
Y House, Kamakura City, Japan
Program: single-family house
Architects: Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio
Structural engineer: Ladderup Architects
Area: 144.5 sqm